Die Kontrakte des Kaufmanns

Eine Wirtschaftskomödie
Cast may vary, at least 5 performers

Greed meets greed in Elfriede Jelinek's dark comedy of commerce: the investors’ greed for ever growing returns, and the bankers’ greed for maximum revenue. Recent history has proven that these excesses of either one inevitably will lead to disaster. But capitalism is far from reaching its end - after the crash is like before the crash and in no time million Dollar bonuses for advisors have become everyday routine in the banking industry again.... The Merchant's Contracts is the play of the hour, and therefore Jelinek remains the most astute, spot-on literary chronicler to date.... her characteristic technique to let her associative language pirouette around itself in ever new turns, here becomes a congenial principle.... the text is precise, perfidious and polemic - in all directions.... (Jelinek) stimulates a desire for thinking. And thinking, as has been shown by another who used drama to depict a global economic crisis, thinking induces change.)" (Theatre der Zeit) "Praise the economic crisis for bringing forth such a play." (die Tageszeitung)

This play has been translated into:
Obchodníkovy smlouvy
De contracten van de koopman
English: The Merchant's Contracts
Polish: Kupieckie Kontrakty
Portuguese: Os Contratos do Comerciante
Slovak: Obchodníkove kontrakty
Spanish: Los Contratos del comerciante
Swedish: Köpmannens Kontrakt

Elfriede Jelinek

Elfriede Jelinek

Elfriede Jelinek, who was born in 1946 and grew up in Vienna, now lives in Vienna and Munich. She has received numerous awards for her literary works, which include not only novels but also plays, poetry, essays, translations, radio plays, ...

Plays by Elfriede Jelinek

U: 16.04.2009 Schauspiel Köln in Koproduktion mit dem Thalia Theater Hamburg (Regie: Nicolas Stemann)